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Plantin - Moretus Museum

Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium
32 03 221 1450
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Ranked #2 of 81 Attractions in Antwerp
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin... more » Owner description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin printing company. « less
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We came across this miraculous museum by chance. A modest building for the stunning impact the business it housed had on the early printing and sale of books and as a corollary, learning, particularly the use of language. You get a real sense of how people lived and worked up to half a millennium ago, when the world was changing.... More

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

This museum based in Plantin's house and workshop and expanded by his family is not just for printers and typographers. I knew of some of Plantins 17th century books, especially the herbals, but to see all his type, his libraries, original shop, besides the original presses and books was very special. Make sure you do not miss the door into... More

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Balen,Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

16th century: Gutenberg in Germany invents printing. But the most succesfull printing house was in Antwerp, established by Plantin and his son in law, Moretus. More than 50 % of all printed books were made here, the Spanish king granted them exclusive rights for distribution in the Spanish kingdom(half of the world !). it's a miracle that this important factory... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This museum is simply awesome!!! It holds so many wonders that it is going to satisfy pretty much any curiosity. If you are looking to explore well preserved 400 years housing, then you have got it. If you are looking to see over 400 years old books, you have got that. If you want to see almost 500 years old... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Really worth a visit. Even if you stay just one day in antwerp, I think you should visit this museum. Wonderful stuff to see.

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This museum has it all. Art, antiques, history, beautiful garden, and a lovely building(s). A must see in Antwerp.

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Coronado, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A wonderful place to explore at leisure if you love books and printing. There is so much more to explore: the building itself is a treasure and the furnishings are authentic to the period as well. The family--Plantin-Moretus printed and published some of Europe's most important works for over 300 years and many are on display. If you can manage... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This was in intended destination on a recent Antwerp city visit with the teen age daughters of friends from Romania and The Netherlands. Presumably one must have a genuine interest in the history of printing from nearly year one. It is a genuine publishing house, type galleys, reading and editing rooms, and several floors to boot.

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Sacramento
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

An amazing history of one of the oldest and most influential printers in the world. Highly recommended.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

17th century house used as a printers by Plantin and later Moretus. This is a must see if you visit Antwerp. There is a film show inside. Would advise watching this first before the tour. The film is set in the house in 17th Century Antwerp. All in a very worthwhile visit.

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